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What are the major differences between a test track and elite figure skater?

Test track skaters are expected to perform all of the required test elements appropriate for the test level only, but not to be pushing the envelope by skating double axels in juvenile events, performing triple revolution jumps in Novice, and working on triple axels and quads in Senior events.

Many test track skaters attend school full time and pursue advanced classes in preparation for entering a four-year college. Their daily schedule Monday through Friday will usually involve skating 1-2 hours plus .5 -1.5 hours additional off-ice training.

Elite track skaters will include elements 3 or 4 test levels higher than their competitive level, or even beyond what is necessary for the Senior free skate test (single Axel and hardest jump combination double Lutz + double jump). 

The skater is more likely to opt out of traditional school and enroll in specialized home schooling/distance learning programs that allow them the freedom to skate during the weekday. Their daily schedule Monday through Friday will involve skating 3-4 hours plus 1-2 hours additional off-ice training.

Submitted by Claude Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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